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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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94
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942 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 172
Gots: 87 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.
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Photo of LazyL
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice IPA. Love the can logo, which is the same for all their beers, just in a different color combination. Nice pink grapefruit rind aromas and tastes flow from this can and at 6.5% you can get a little ahead of yourself. Very easy to drink and kind of cool to drink something this good out of a can. Perfect camping beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic IPA that gets back to basics with crisp malt flavor, intense bitterness, smooth hop flavor and aroma, and a dry refreshing finish.

Red Racer pours with a glowing deep golden, light copper hue. Off white foam coats the beer with an even 1" blanket that laces very well. A classic IPA look.

Assertive grapfruit, orange zest, pine resin, and fresh cut grass dominate the rim of the glass. The hops allow just a peak at caramel malts that offset the pungent display of hop oils.

Flavors are very citrusy up front with the rinds of orange, grapefruit, and lemon grass. Light hints of ginger and pine give an extra bite above and beyond the normal IPA's. Bitterness is aggressive and bite pretty hard in the back of the throat. Even with the aggression, the beer remains smooth and crisp with the graham cracker malt buffer.

Medium malty up front with emphasis on hop flavor- later fading into a crisp and fleeting bread crust note and growing hop bitterness.

I like the "back to basics" attitude of this beer. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's IPA but with more gumption. Thanks indiapaleale!

Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy caramel color with a one finger of creamy, white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spots of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is big piney and citrus hops with a nice light caramel malt hint.

T: Taste starts with a nice bitter pine hops flavoring. A bit of bite from floral hop notes that is evened out with a caramel malt flavoring. Bitterness somewhat hangs on in the back of your throat.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is an IPA worth sitting with for a while.

Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch head on top of a clear, dark gold/light-ruby beer. Above average lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very tropical fruit smelling, can smell this 18 inches away from the pour.

T- More citrus than subdued but present pine...great hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Slighty over-priced at $9 a four pack (12 ounce cans), a good beer none-the-less. The best IPA in a can that I CAN get on a semi-regular basis...would be good in the summer outdoors. Thanks CANada.

Photo of cjoc83
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Stella Artois chalice. Brewing date is listed on the bottom as 4/27/11.

Pour leaves about a 2 fingers of off-white, creamy head that dissipates into a frothy layer as the beer wears on, but some nice lace is happening. A nice burnt amber/orange color with some hazyness. Very nice looking beer.

Wow...potent smell! Grapefruit, mango, and pine are apparent upfront with a faint hint of malt backbone.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely. A big hop-bite of grapefruit, mango, and maybe some peach on the front end, then mellows a bit with some caramel and mildly sweet malt, then finishes with more citric hops and some pine. A really hop-forward, tasty IPA. Almost tastes like a double IPA with the heady hop profile. Can bring a few IPA's to mind that if compared to this, would taste like a pale.

On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a pretty clean, dry finish. Some piney hops linger for a little.

Overall this was an excellent IPA. Super hop-forward but with enough malts to balance it out. Pretty much everything I want in an IPA is here. Being able to get sixers of this at my local bottle shop for $12 ain't bad, either.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent beer.

Golden amber with a slight haze. Aroma is full of the "west-coast" loveliness of tropical fruits; mango, pineapple and citrus. The taste is very well balanced, with the sweetness of malts melding into the citrus bitterness of the hops. Refreshing and hides its 6.5% ABV scarily well.

I would love to find this on draught somewhere! A very sessionable ale...

Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of drabmuh from BA.

Pours a slighlty hazy bright orangish color with a nice 1 figner head that slowly creates a nice collar.

The aroma that I am hit with first reminds me of oranges actually with hints of floral. Really nice aroma coming from this, I really hope the taste is just as good.

Sweet citrus like malt flavor followed by a nice bitterness that lingers in the mouth. Very smooth and well balanced. Maybe just a touch on the sweet side. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid IPA from Canada no less!

Photo of fostachild
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly clear, yellow/orange amber colour. almost an inch of foamy head. nice lacing as well.

smell was super hoppy - tons of grapefruit/citrus up front. also fruity, bitter - really nice and interesting.

taste was citrusy/hoppy with bready malts, and nice bitter aftertaste. good balance and drinkability. overall was pretty tasty - definitely met my expectations of a good ipa.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a sixer of this at Wine Gallery in Brookline. Poured into a stein.

A - Pours a transparent dark orange color, with lots of tiny bubbles rising upwards, and a big three-fingered frothy off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves thin, soapy, patterns of lace.

S - This still smells fairly fresh (probably two months), with soapy Cascade, some sweet peachy Simcoe, and perhaps some Warrior. There is some nice toffee malt character, and this seems far more like a hoppy East Coast brew then the unbalanced palate wreckers from California.

T - Some nice sweet fuzzy peach and tangerine flavor, with a decent amount of residual bitterness and sour lemon flavor in the finish. The malt is much less present here, with the sweetness being supplied by the juiciness of C-hop varietals.

M - This is a super oily one - I can still feel the resinous hop textures long after swallowing. Nice dry fnish, soft medium body, with perfect light tingly carbonation. It's exactly what I like in my IPAs.

D - Very drinkable stuff - should have no problem killing a sixer with a buddy while watching football. Definitely the best Canadian IPA I've ever had, and competitive with my local options. Hope we start getting the cans in Chicago.

Photo of Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Craft Beer Cellar and finally making time to review and escpecially enjoy this Canadian beauty. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a nice orange/amber color with signs of little carbonation. One finger head reduced to a thin layer very quickly.

Smell: Can you say hoppy? Yes sir, plenty in this one. Notes of pine and citrus like orange and grapefruit. This beer belongs on an island or in a forest. Pretty much works for most people.

Taste: Just like the smell, pine, grapefruit, and orange. Definitely picking up some biscuit notes and sweet malts to balance out the bitterness in the beer. Even though it was brewed in Canada, they definitely had American IPA in mind.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, slightly chewy, decently carbonated, and bitter towards the end.

Overall: This is a good beer that follows a lot of West Coast IPA styles. Do love the fact that they come in cans and are great for the beach, golf, hiking, or anything outside. I enjoyed this one and will be purchasing more in the future.

Photo of Mit
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice orangy amber with a nice head.

s-Piney...citrus notes...very slight maltiness.

t-Dominated by hops...almost no malts coming through. The smell promises more sweetness than what is delivered.

m-thicker...in keeping with a 6.5 abv

o-great beer...I love it and will def go back to get more.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. Weird that this one appeared on the US East coast before here in Alberta, when it's made one province over in the Lower Mainland...and a bit pricey at 17 bucks a six-pack.

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, ecru head, which dissipates slowly, leaving a wall of cheesecloth lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange pith, pineapple, a healthy dose of pine resin, some mellow, lightly bready caramel malt, and a further grassy/floral hoppiness. Very, very enticing. The taste is more acerbic grapefruit rind, bready, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, some pithy tropical fruit, and more than a bit of green piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, quite lost under the intense and varied hoppiness, the body a hefty middleweight, and smooth as it could possibly be under these conditions. It finishes mostly dry, the hops still ceding no quarter to my taste buds.

A properly rendered West Coast IPA (still rare north of the 49th), in a can (points for novelty and convenience all around), adorned with a red-skirted redhead babe on a red bike (consistency in theme), and well, just freakin' yum! Can intense craft beer and six-pack occasions coincide? Yes, yes they can.

Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the MLCC in Winnipeg. Additions based on further samples.

A - Amber/orange colour. Thick head, slightly darker than a white. Lot's of carbonation. Good lace rings and half finger of retention.

S - Great pine as soon as poured. Really strong aroma. Some maltiness in there too but it's fainter than the hops. Toffee, citrus, pineapple.

T - Huge piney hop character. Lot's of citrus. Pine character is strong. Nice.

M - Good bitterness. Medium body. Carbonation is really noticable and it coats the entire mouth.

D - Quite a nice IPA. Really drinkable and tons of great hop flavour with a nice bitterness. Well done.

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can to Glass

Can is about two weeks old!

Appearance - Clear copper/orange colour with a big white head

Smell - Strong smelling, tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine

Taste - Tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine, hops

Overall - An excellent West Coast IPA

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a pair of 341 ml cans from an LCBO I'd never been in for $2.45CDN. Was aware that this was considered a very good beer, but didn't realize how good until recently.

Appearance - Clear copper orange color head with a last finger of white head. Tons of effervescent bubbles.

Smell - Quite piney and earthy with some substantial lemon undertones. I can tell that this will be hoppy, and quite astringent just from the smell.

Mouthfeel - Piney, but has a malty sweetness that I find lacking from all but the best in this style. This shows up in the middle of the sip. Also and earthy taste and obviously quite bitter. The sweet undercurrent lingers and contrasts nicely with the bitterness. Surprisingly the hops are not overdone here, illustrating technique and control, so whilst providing a great hoppy IPA, there is great balance too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, high carbonation, palate scrubbing.

Overall - Definitely worth trying, and one of the best IPA's I've ever had. While I enjoy IPA's it's not my favorite style, but really appreciated the complexity and balance in this one. A must try.

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ShogoKawada for helping me tick this one off - it has been on my wants for a long time.

Lovely, clear, Princeton orange body with a hefty ivory froth which slowly recedes to lightly-whipped egg whites. A thin wallpaper of lacing decorates the sides in an even pattern.

Strong hop aroma, packed with seemingly the entire citrus family. Light malt, a little pink peppercorn, and a light herbal note as well. Surpassed my expectations.

More malt on the palate, a touch of caramel, pursued by a heady wave of grapefruit and orange zest - sweet, bitter, and refreshing. A little bread crust and melon into the finish which is tart and fairly dry.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated. Very mild astringency, and just enough alcohol to prevent you from guzzling too quickly.

Fresh, and on-tap, this might be exceptional - I'll have to update my review next time I'm in B.C.

Photo of Archy
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first had this in Van on draft. I decided to give it a go as it was a special of the night. I had one and drank it all night. It is aggressive but has an addictive hop quality. If you are in the mood for an IPA where the hop barrels over the malt this is for you.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.